Shark Tape – Marathon

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Filtering the best essences of punk, pop, indie, hard rock and more into their own industrious rock ‘n’ roll revelry, US band Shark Tape is a band which has been creating a buzz of their side of the globe for the past couple of years or so. Now their energetically flavoursome sound is concentrating on stirring up British attention through the UK release of debut album Marathon. A collection of songs as united in contagious enterprise as they are individual in character and imagination, the release is a sure fire incitement to body swerves, broad smiles, and feeling good.

Hailing from Philadelphia, Shark Tape emerged in 2007. They went through various project names before settling on the name we are now embracing. The trio of vocalist/bassist Stephen Lorek, guitarist Niles Weiss, and drummer Dylan Mulcahy released a pair of EPs in 2012, a self-titled debut and Eyes On You which were both well-received with the latter especially earning potent radio play from East Coast radio stations. Late 2013, the band linked up with renowned engineer Jeff Ziegler (Kurt Vile, War On Drugs) to begin working on their first album, Marathon receiving its acclaimed US release last November and now looking at sparking the same enthusiasm in the UK. With a host of inventively crafted songs bound in imaginatively woven sounds, it is easy to assume it is already a done deal in making the strongest persuasion over here too.

Picture 8     The album gets off to a seriously rousing start with Bronco, vibrant riffs and attention causing hooks instantly inescapable bait matched in potency by the varied vocal tones. The guitars jangle and entice right away with flirtatious indie rock endeavour, leading the listener and an already greedy appetite into an addiction forging chorus which swiftly enlists the listener’s vocal help to join their body’s already keen involvement. Like a mix of Weezer and UK band Asylums, the song is unbridled contagion and matched all the way by Marathon’s title track. Unveiling its own unique hooks and melodic temptation, the track has a healthy hard/glam rock urge in its fiery invention amidst another uncontrollable infection for ears and imagination. Totally different in sound it maybe, but song and indeed album not for the last time, shows the same instinctive ability to create hook laden, uncomplicated but precisely woven punk pop as bands like The Undertones and Buzzcocks, and with more encounters like this the potential for a similar status for Shark Tape ahead might be on the cards.

River Runs Deep comes next, opening with an eighties electro rock like welcome, backing it up with harmonious vocals before adding tempering through vivacious shadows from the bass. Swinging beats and more exotic electronic hues bring new colour to the slimline but rich landscape of the song as it grows, and though it cannot quite emulate the previous pair in strength it keeps the flames of satisfaction burning nicely before the more agitated charms of Long Time Coming take over. Lorek’s bass has a delicious dark tone as it brings the song into view, riveting coaxing quickly wrapped in the indie sparkle of guitar and vocals. As its predecessor there is also an essence of eighties colouring, a new wave pop invention infused with a rawer nineties rock pop that works away to create another choice proposal within Marathon.

Slightly mellower but no less compelling, Smell of Sirens provides a vibrant croon of melodic suggestiveness next. There is a sturdy rhythmic frame and emotional nature to it keeping its spatial melodies and airy atmosphere grounded as vocally and lyrically the song unveils its heart. Revealing further depth and strength in the band’s songwriting the track drifts away to be replaced by the captivating Neverlast with its more sombre but relentlessly catchy stroll. It is one of those songs which works away on the listener almost without them realising, making a deeper, more potent impression than first thought to return at will with its hooks and stirring melodies. Both impress but are soon overshadowed by the outstanding roguish presence of Black Panther. Surely bred from a diet of The Ramones and The Clash, the track is mischievous punk pop with robust rhythms and heavy duty bass riffs led by rebellious vocals. Equipped with a searing guitar solo, barb loaded punk hooks, and bracing rock ‘n’ roll tenacity, the track is nonstop anthemic devilment.

   Through the more controlled Runway and straight after Top Rock Seller, band and album continue to ignite ears and thoughts. Though the first of the pair is more restrained than the last song, its resolve is permanently taunted by the predacious bass tones escorting it through ears, its devilish stroll trying to incite greater aggression in energy to match the aggressive imagination of hooks and ideation around it. The second of the two tracks offers a post punk meets shoegaze suggestion initially but soon moves towards a dusty rock presence sporting essences of grunge, melodic rock, and punk. It is a fascinating mix which has you searching for references to its flavours, Psychedelic Furs one hinting thought, but basically coming up with little by the time it is replaced by the excellent Silly Things. Its successor explores a similar tapestry of ideation but is a more sinister and heavily darker proposition; one pierced by shards of harmonic and melodic light amidst surf seeded sonic spicing.

The album is brought to a close by the acoustically sculpted Dying to Know, a song which from its minimal seeds blossoms into a fascinating web of rhythmic traps and sonic enterprise within an orchestra driven evocative breeze. The song is glorious, a final fanfare for the invention and craft of the band in writing and invention.

With highlights which reach classic song standards and lesser successes that most other albums would cry out for, Marathon is one of those treats all rock fans need in their lives. Remember how excited you got when you first heard bands like Weezer, The Smiths, and Wheatus, well you might just find yourself getting those self-same tingles again thanks to Shark Tape and their debut album.

Marathon is available now @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/marathon/id937432092 or http://sharktape.bandcamp.com/album/marathon

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RingMaster 15/06/2015

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We Ghosts – Decade

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A release of multiple charms and flavours, Decade the new album from Anglo-Swedish alternative acoustic duo We Ghosts gets its UK release this month and a tantalising treat it is. Such its distinct yet united variety, the album ebbs and flows in its strongest persuasions but from start to finish the band’s new encounter takes ears on a captivating adventure in celebration of the band’s ten years of creative life.

We Ghosts consists of the song writing team of Swedish vocalist/guitarist J.J.Woodall and English instrumentalist John Christopher, the band emerging in 2004. The years since has seen the band on a constant adventure of live shows and releases. On stage the band is expanded by the likes of Johan Persson and Richard “Rat” Westlake, both making contributions to the album too with the latter also co-producing it with the band. Record wise, We Ghosts’ blend of pop, jazz, blues, and folk has fuelled a clutch of EPs and acclaimed albums such as Things That Go Bump In The Night in 2009 and Almost Alone three years later. Now fourth studio album Decade, released as its predecessor through Deep River Records, provides the imaginative epilogue to the band’s first decade and increasingly seductive opening to the next.

A rhythmic acoustic coaxing opens up album and its first track Broken Sky; its initial lure alone pure magnetism which only increases as melodic intrigue and the instantly enticing vocals of Woodall link their tantalising lures. A spatial breeze soon immerses ears too as siren-esque harmonies float, but that early bait still provides the most direct and gripping pull for the imagination and appetite. With darker hues of bass adding to the elegance and temptation offered, the song is nothing less than a busy and warmly welcoming seducing.

cover_Reputation Radio/RingMaster Review    The masterful opening continues with the summery saunter of Out Tonight, a song with a Caribbean bred canvas and flirtatious melodic scenery matched by the vocals and the more wistful but equally colourful keys. The song’s dance is an irresistible contagion, a nudge to feet and emotions to eagerly join its warm revelry before the bluesy funk pop of Death or Glory casts its emotive persuasion next. Without quite matching its predecessors, the track sways and croons with a fiery attitude aligned to similarly intense enterprise from the guitar and easily leave ears smiling.

The folkish shimmer of Too Late to Learn merges a country twang with a sultry atmosphere next, its vocal offering led by Christopher this time. Though his delivery is potent and expressive, personal tastes hanker for the lures of Woodall whilst the song itself lacks the undefined but rich spark which lit the other tracks before it. Nevertheless enjoyment is still a given before the album hits another high spot with its next two tracks. Home Is Where the Heart Is comes first and from the glorious jazzy/blues vocal roar of Woodall to start things off, the song proceeds to stroll with a southern blues spicing across a melodic and rhythmic evocation. It is pure captivation, an inescapable anthemic and spiritual tempting to bask in, though quickly outshone by the even more exceptional Final Curtain. The track is virulent pop infused folk rock with a delta blues hue to its harmonies and invention. Like a mix of My Baby and Jingo, the song is a flame to the senses and rock alchemy for the ears, and quite outstanding with its voracious contagion and imaginative enterprise.

The lively acoustic balladry of Trying to Be Faithful makes a fine and bewitching effort of matching its predecessor, its Kirsty MacColl charm and tenacity compelling from start to finish. It is a success next up Suzie cannot quite emulate, though again there is little to pull it up for outside personal tastes and our always less than eager appetite for any countrified essence. Superbly crafted and intricately woven though, and with a host of creative hues, the song as the following album title track, is a keen persuasion, the latter’s enticing of melodies and poetic vocal expression leaving a glow in the air.

We Ghosts, the song, completes the album, its sixties psyche pop toning a final infectious serenade on the senses. It makes an engrossing end to a fine album, a release which just grows in strength and seduction with every listen. Like many, we have suggested a few releases to soundtrack your upcoming summers, and there is no way we cannot add Decade to those recommendations, especially for those provocative sultry nights.

Decade is out now via Deep River Records @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/decade/id825383537

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RingMaster 15/06/2015

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Little Eris – Karma To You

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Karma To You is the third single from Little Eris on Original Human Records, and once again with a new twist of her imagination and sound, the South Wales bred songstress has ears smothered in inescapable infectiousness and the thoughts lost in captivation.

The new single follows the punkier power pop adventure of Wreck n Rollin and could not be any more different whilst still being something distinctly unique to its creator. Little Eris, aka Bronwen Davies (former vocalist and bass player with Freaky Fortnight), has been stirring up appetites and attention since emerging in 2008 and unveiling her first songs it is fair to say, the release of 13 track debut album Molecules R Us as a free download and subsequently a limited edition CD awakening strong and keen responses. Live also the lady has been an acclaimed presence, the sharing of stages with artists such as Viv Albertine and touring the UK with The Great Wreck and Roll Cirkus alongside Here & Now and Eat Static some of the highlights so far. Debut single So Many Nights in 2012 was a potent spark on ears whilst Wreck n Rollin stirred up even broader awareness for the diverse and unpredictable adventure of the Little Eris contagion last year. Now Karma To You has its unveiling and rapidly incites the thought that this might be the moment that a national spotlight is switched on.

Whereas Wreck n Rollin was as mentioned a bracing riot of a power punk proposal, Karma To You is a warm celestial caress of electro pop awash with mystical and melodic spicery. Equally though, it strolls along with a tenaciously catchy demeanour and a broad melodic smile to its magnetic enterprise. In many ways there are two sides to the bewitching song working simultaneously, atmospherically the song a spatial flight yet there is also a striking intimacy to the encounter, both linked by the repetitious use of beats and lyrical tempting.

Karma To You strongly reminds of eighties band Monsoon, though musically their similarities are far less open than their differences. It is a hint though to the majesty and kiss on the senses of the single and it would not be a surprise if the song found the same kind of success for Little Eris.

Karma To You is out now via Original Human Records from most online stores.

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RingMaster 02/06/2015

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Yes Sunshine – No No No

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What could be better than a high octane pop song sculpted on a punk bred guitar clang, devilishly anthemic rhythms, and a spicy dose of discord to make your toes curl? On the evidence of No No No, the new single from UK quintet Yes Sunshine not a lot. The song is a virulent stomp, an insatiable temptation which has feet as quickly alert and active as ears. There is a buzz brewing up around the Coventry hailing band and right now easy to see why thanks to No No No.

11082558_766870466741612_8200293885106745004_n     Yes Sunshine began back in the spring of 2013, Michael McCann, Mark Fazakarley, Jord Harrold, Declan McCann, and Chris Feltwell musically uniting to commemorate the passing of a close friend. They were soon hitting and enlivening the local live scene before spreading their sound and performances just as quickly across the UK and Ireland. Their first year alone saw the band playing venues such as The Dublin Castle, The Shed, and a headline show at The 100 Club as well as an appearance at Manchester’s Ethihad Stadium and two packed out shows at The Great Escape Festival. Yes Sunshine has supported the likes of with Pete Doherty, Royal Blood, Zane Lowe, Yuck, The Enemy, and The View along the way too whilst their debut single in 2014 courted the attention of BBC Radio 1, XFM, and Amazing Radio amongst many. The beginning of this year saw the successful release of the single Because of You, a fiery marker for the band which No No No has taken to another level.

The band’s sound is a volatile weave of indie, rock, and punk honed into one rebellious pop roar, and swiftly infecting ears as No No No opens with a jangle of guitar chords before flicking the switch to an agitated, tenaciously lively stroll. The vocals are just as energised and infectious as they jump into the revelry whilst a thick juicy bassline invigorates the already rampant tempting on offer further. It is the discord soaked enterprise of the guitars which is the most compelling component in the song though, acidic noise oozing from every note whilst conjuring a pop romp to get nothing less than fully involved with. Early Strokes has been suggested as a comparison to the band’s sound, we say though add some Asylums and eighties band Fire Engines and you get a bigger hint of No No No.

People are claiming big things for Yes Sunshine and after No No No you will get little disagreement here.

No No No is out now via Mint 400 Records @ https://itun.es/gb/sC076

http://www.yes-sunshine.co.uk   https://www.facebook.com/YesSunshine

RingMaster 26/05/2015

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Goldsmack – Wild Season

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To be honest it is proving hard to describe the Goldsmack sound; certainly it is a blaze of sultry pop equipped with a potent glaze of psychedelia. But equally it delves into dark rock ‘n’ roll and blues bred exploits whilst casting a theatre of intimate drama amidst an evolving landscape of aural roars and smouldering emotions. Maybe the closest hint is to say that the Italian trio create something akin to Nick Cave and the Velvet Underground uniting in the seduction of My Baby and MGMT, but then again maybe not. There is also a familiarity to their music which makes accessibility very easy but as revealed by the diverse collection of adventures within their new debut EP Wild Season, it is once caught by that invitation that the real adventure and thrill actually begins.

Goldsmack consists of vocalist Georgia Minelli, guitarist Davide Tebaldi, and bassist/keyboardist Luca Bagatti, three childhood friends brought up “in the single most beautiful and boring place on earth”. It was a small village in the gentle hills of northern Italy where the trio nurtured their musical prowess and imagination, amongst many things to while away the hours. Their sound plays like the home of dreams and isolation bred from a similar source of inspiration in their remote upbringing whilst the band name, again to quote from the press release, “…refers not as much to real gold, but rather to an alchemical sort of gold, a chimera, a potent drug…a prismatic, paradoxical thought that becomes circular and obsessive.

Good Morning Star tantalises first, a monotone sonic lure the thread to a web of electronic beats and guitar cast spirals of melodic enticing. A thick bass tempting swiftly adds to the potent bait, the mix carrying a post punk air reinforced by the also singularly expressive tones of Minelli, an essence of the Au Pairs coming to mind at this early point. At the heart of the persuasion a brewing infectiousness grows, wrapping the increasing celestial pop and vivacious radiance of the encounter. Contrasting it though are prowling shadows courtesy of the bass aligned to a sonic predation, extremes colluding to offer their part in the exploration within the EP of “the impossible triangle between Love, Money and Spiritual Enlightenment”.

The captivating start is swiftly surpassed by A Wild Wild Season, a fascinating dark rock stroll seeing Bagatti bring his full vocal participation to the narrative alongside Minelli. A spicy melody winds itself around another darkly lit bass coaxing, beats resonating in the background as Bagatti’s equally shadowed Cave-esque tones cast the beginning of the evocative narrative. The song continues to saunter, merging lighter scenery into the sinisterly aired landscape, whilst both Bagatti and Minelli duet and entwine their compelling deliveries to enthralling success. The seduction gains even greater momentum as a croon of orchestral like coaxing reveals their provocative textures in another riveting and mouth-watering triumph to the release.

A feisty ambience of blues and psyche rock smothers ears next as Rites Of Spring takes over, that My Baby reference a perfect clue to the sultry and fiery shuffle of the encounter. Minelli is as much ablaze as the guitars, their individual tempestuous energies and impassioned creativity uniting in a fire of persuasion though one kept in check a touch by the great wandering tenacity of the sobering bass. Once more ears are glued and imagination ignited; their appetites hungry for more and straight away fed by the similarly caustic delta blues pop/funk of Kids with Guns. Feet and emotions are quickly recruited to the swagger of the song, ears seduced by the impressive and sizzling enterprise of Tebaldi’s guitar resulting in one more increasingly enjoyable and incendiary escapade.

The closing Of Human Bondage is an enthralling oddity, a turbulent experience of dark drama and emotional torment coloured by insightful references and samples. These alone reinforce the imposing theatre and power of the track but are matched just as potently by the menacing shadow coursing its sound. Within it all a dark beauty is at work too, a calm and hope which only accentuates the track’s absorbing provocative heart.

It is a gripping end to a thrilling introduction to Goldsmack. Wild Season is an infestation of the psyche which continues to work away even after its sound has left the body; a golden slice of psychedelic darkness and shadowed pop whose recommendation comes as a roar.

Wild Season is available now @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wild-season-ep/id988821494

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RingMaster 20/05/2015

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Ella Squirrell – Loop EP

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English singer songwriter Ella Squirrell has a voice to eclipse reality, a presence to lift the listener away from a grey day into a melodic and emotionally coloured oasis. As proven by her new EP Loop, the lady also has a lyrical gift and musically creative craft to back up her transfixing tones. She is beginning to stir up a healthy buzz within the British music scene and it is easy to see why with the unveiling of her four-track release.

With a her father a professional musician in a folk band trio and her mother a poet, maybe it is no surprise she has emerged with similar gifts and combined them in her own creative adventures. Hailing from Bridport in Dorset, Ella explored instruments and music from an early age, starting with the Irish penny whistle and folk songs at the age of 10 and moving on to the guitar a year later. Her own songwriting began when she was around 15 with a fusion of folk and pop emerging. Ella cannot read or write music but conjures them in her head and as her bio says, “teases them out into reality.” However it works, the songs making up Loop simply captivate from start to finish with a purely organic seduction.

Picture 38   The release opens with new single Quiet Fire, a romance on the ear which from its first kiss of keys just enchants. A slow reflective start is barely seconds in before eager beats and the voice of Ella open up a lively shuffle within ears and imagination. There is smokiness to her voice as it wraps flirtatiously around the song’s rhythmic stroll and tender melodic caresses, a Sade meets Skye Edwards (Morcheeba) feel to her mesmeric tones which simply smoulders against the lively swing of the song. It is one of those encounters which follow you around after just the first hearing, persistently nagging away in thoughts with its magnetic lures and an infectious tenacity loaded with sound of the summer potential.

The bewitching start to Loop continues with its title track, keys straight away enticing the senses with reserved but funk kissed alluring whilst melodies cast a folk pop proposal supported by the jazzy flicker of brass. As in its predecessor, backing harmonies add to the temptation as they slip in and out of the surrounding atmosphere. It is sheer captivation, another slice of virulent pop drama matched swiftly by the emotive balladry of Trust Is A White Dove. Piano and voice transfix again, hugging ears and thoughts alone for the opening croon before the song expands its elegance and persuasion with melancholic strings and a shadow delving bass tone to be lustful over.

In three bright slithers of beauty, the songwriting of Ella reveals its adeptness at variety, an equally feisty trait in the closing Trouble. Arguably the most folk lined song on the release, it is also a bold flight of electro pop and jazz sparked imagination. It sways and coaxes with physical and emotional temptation, like a flame licking ears with melodic vivacity as it takes thoughts on a fascinating amble of varied textures and boisterous creative dexterity.

The song is a gorgeous end to a simply spellbinding proposition and an introduction to an artist you can only anticipate major recognition and hopefully in turn big success for. Right now though, Ella Squirrell has provided one delicious aural kiss.

The Loop EP is out now via Gospel Oak Records at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/loop-ep/id981163074

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Upcoming Gigs:

27th May2015 The Jam House, Birmingham (The Launch Pad – a regular showcase of some of artists that the Jam House considers “ones to watch”.)

4th July 2015 Big Mix Music Festival, Lyme Regis (The Big Mix is Lyme’s own youth music festival by the sea)

RingMaster 20/05/2015

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We-Are-Z – Walkaway

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The song might be about “taking a journey into the recesses of consciousness, exploring perceptions and angles that don’t add up”, but musically Walkaway is just one inescapable funk ‘n’ roll devilment of indie pop come new wave virulence. The song is the new single from We-Are-Z, a UK band which on the evidence of their new release, springs a sound on the senses as agitated and warped as it is infectiously magnetic. It incites body and imagination with tribal like rhythms amidst paranoia kissed sound, each racked with St. Vitus dance like activity within theatrical melodies and mellow washed vocals. The track is pure temptation, like Shriekback meets Late Cambrian in a Two Door Cinema Club embrace, yet different again.

The London based Anglo/French quintet formed in 2012, with its line-up already seasoned musicians bringing experiences of playing with the likes of Beyonce, The Waterboys, and James Morrison into the mix. Debut track Airbrush swiftly drew strong attention and support from media and fans alike, whilst the band since then has lured in diverse comparisons from Vampire Weekend to Devo and Franz Ferdinand to XTC. Inspirations are equally varied within We-Are-Z, the likes of David Bowie, Serge Gainsborough, Talking Heads, Blur, The Clash, and Static cited but as their new single shows, the band ultimately emerges with something yes a little familiar but perfectly peculiar to them.

Walkaway from its first touch is a rampant shuffle of jabbing beats and a dark flirty bass lure from Guillaume Charreau and Marc Arciero respectively. The guitar of Drew Wynen adds a lively temptation to the attention grabbing start also, little but gripping hooks and slithers of melodic spices a flirtatious tempting adding to the instant magnetism. Seductive and quirky keys are colouring the song further next, Clement Leguidcoq bringing a smouldering coaxing seeping around and within all the other tenacious textures at play whilst vocalist Gabriel Cazes has a drama and flirty quality to his insatiably vibrant tones and harmonies. There is no escaping the enslaving effect of the song, the puppeteer like lure of rhythms on limbs and the addictive contagion of everything else on voice and emotions, a proper feel good treat.

According to reliable sources, with an energetic and irrepressible live presence to match the adventure of their new single alone, it is easy to suggest we will all be hearing and devouring a lot more of We-Are-Z from hereon in.

Walkaway is available via Sputnik Records from May 18th

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RingMaster 17/05/2015

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